Make room for shrooms in your life! Discover the fascinating world of mushrooms in this workshop on February 27 from 10:30 AM till noon, presented by the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Pike County.
Seed catalog season, one of my favorite seasons of the year, has begun. Few tasks are more rewarding than growing your own plants from seed. If you haven’t done this before, and you find it intimidating, here are some guidelines to simplify the process.
Twenty-five happy people held a mini greenhouse when they left the “Banish Winter Blues with a Garden in the Snow” workshop at the Pike County Public Library on January 30, 2016. Sponsored by the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Pike County, this workshop was the first in a series of events planned for 2016.
A new invasive insect, the spotted lanternfly (SLF), was first discovered on Sept 22, 2014, in eastern Berks County, PA. This leafhopper is thought to have arrived 2 or 3 years before 2014. As of this writing, it has now been found in portions of Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester Counties.
It's the time of year when many adults renew efforts to be more active. Choosing the right types of foods will help you to feel energized and at your best for exercise and everyday activities.
This is the second column featuring the newly released 2015 New Dietary Guidelines. This focuses on saturated fats. The prior article discussed the new recommendations for added sugars.
Every five years the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services update the dietary advice provided to Americans based on research accumulated during the past five years. The latest version was released on January 7 as the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.
Just this past week, USDA and the US Department of Health and Human Services released the official 2015 Dietary Guidelines. These guidelines are based upon the most current research in nutrition and give guidance to meals that are served in child care centers, schools and active adult centers.
It’s now mid- January and the holiday activities are over. Perhaps a few weeks ago you decided to make some New Year’s resolutions. Millions of Americans make resolutions each year. The most popular resolutions include starting an exercise program, eating better and reducing the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine or other drugs. According to research conducted by Psychology Central, 75% of people who make resolutions fail in their first attempts, and most of these people, 67%, make more than one resolution.
Did you make New Year’s resolutions this year? Statistics show that at least 50 percent of Americans do so, but many don’t maintain them for more than a couple of weeks.
Since Delaware University entomologist and professor Doug Tallamy published his landmark book Bringing Nature Home, there has been much discussion about planting native species in preference to European and Asian introductions.
A recent conversation about whether it was a tangerine, or a mandarin orange lead me to looking up some interesting facts about citrus fruits.
With the holiday season upon us it’s time to select that perfect Christmas tree.
Despite sound evidence to the contrary, poinsettia phobia continues. No other consumer plant has been as widely tested as the poinsettia.
The gardening season has only recently ended and already I’m suffering plant withdrawal. What can a gardener do to survive the long, harsh Pocono winter? My solution: I count on houseplants to bring the beauty of nature indoors.
Plant spring-flowering bulbs and look forward to years of seasonal color in your landscape. Fall-planted bulbs produce the first blooms of the year and can provide flowers through late May with a wonderful range of color, shape, size, and height.
Ah Choo… and the sounds have begun. People are sneezing, coughing and beginning to miss work. Grouping children together in a classroom may spread germs and get children sick. Adults catch it from their kids and the flu season is back! What can you do? Here are a few tips.
I often get asked the question; do I need to give up desserts because I was just diagnosed with diabetes?
Every year, weeds come up in various parts of my property. They go through their life cycle, perhaps supporting insect life, perhaps invading habitat and driving out native plants. I deal with them the entire growing season without any real idea of what they are and what role they play in the life of my garden.
I've been trying for two weeks to get some chores done in my garden, but it's too hot. I manage five minutes, and I'm done. And what about those gnats!